A Different Kind of Kingdom
Kingdoms rule by power, might, wealth, influence. Editorial pages are full of speculation about the declining power of the administration of President Bush and the prospective administration of President-elect Obama. Names are bandied about for positions, and behind the names are the stories of influence, intelligence, success and the power to make change. Kingdoms work that way. Strength and power are attractive to us.
In Matthew 25:31-46, Jesus described his administration, his kind of kingdom, a different kind of kingdom. The kingdom Jesus promotes and promises is a kingdom characterized by one word: care. The hungry get fed, the thirsty are quenched, strangers are welcomed in, the naked get new clothes, the sick are cared for and the imprisoned are visited. And it starts now!